Section 249 of the Criminal Code defines dangerous driving as operating a conveyance in a manner that poses a threat to the public given the circumstances (e.g., traffic, road conditions, visibility).

To be charged with dangerous driving, the driver must have demonstrated a reckless disregard for public safety and endangered individuals who were present or could have reasonably been expected to be present.

Types of Dangerous Driving Offences

  • Dangerous operation
  • Operation causing bodily harm
  • Operation causing death

Examples of Dangerous Driving

  • Excessive speeding
  • Engaging in aggressive driving or road rage behaviours
  • Participating in racing or stunt driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Disregarding traffic signals or signs
  • Failing to yield to pedestrians or other vehicles when required
  • Driving inappropriately given the weather or road conditions
  • Engaging in distracted driving
  • Displaying reckless driving behaviours

Potential Penalties of a Dangerous Driving Charge

The potential penalties for a dangerous driving charge depend on whether the Crown decides to prosecute the offence summarily or by way of indictment.

Dangerous Driving

  • Summary: Maximum sentence of 2 years less a day imprisonment
  • Indictment: Maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment

Dangerous Driving Causing Bodily Harm

  • Summary: Maximum sentence of 2 years less a day imprisonment
  • Indictment: Minimum $1,000 fine and a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment

Dangerous Driving Causing Death

  • Indictment: Strictly an indictable offence with a minimum $1,000 fine and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Factors that can lead to heightened penalties include participating in races with one or more individuals, driving under the influence of substances, operating a sizable motor vehicle, driving without a valid permit, and carrying a passenger below the age of 16 in the vehicle.

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